Death Note Director Wanted David Bowie For Ryuk

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Death Note is currently out on Netflix, and though critics haven't been giving it the best reviews, a lot of people agree that Willem Dafoe's portrayal of death god Ryuk was one of the best things about the film. As it turns out, director Adam Wingard had a different idea on who should play Ryuk, but for some reason, his first two choices died when he thought of them.

In an interview with io9, Wingard reveals:

"Yeah! There you go. Well, as a matter of fact, David Bowie was actually originally who I wanted to Ryuk—but then David Bowie died. And then the second person on my list was Prince, weirdly enough—and then he died. And I was like, we got to stop, we're literally killing them off. Which is really morbid, but it was true."

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Both Bowie and Prince had passed away in 2016, and though it wasn't sure if the actors would have signed on for this movie, it does make fans wonder what a Ryuk-Bowie would look and sound like. Either way, everyone still likes Dafoe's take.

Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.

Death Note is now available on Netflix.

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